Saturday, 16 September 2017

Lindy Bop Skirt

Curve Fashion Festival is the best place to meet people to have a good time and be around like minded people but it is above all a fashion event. When I found out the final line up of brands that were going to be at Curve this year I got very excited about Lindy Bop. There dresses are amazing and such good quality. So you can guess my first stop was at that stall.

We went straight over and I was greeted by the lovely Lindy Bop girls, one girl who I got talking to was called Sophie, she was so nice and so easy to talk to and knew everything about the brand. She told me to have a look around and I could get to see some of the new season items they were bringing out, needless to say all the new pieces are gorgeous. What took my eye more then anything was a skirt, it was black and white stripped with a pink flower design in the middle, you wouldn't even need to wear a petticoat with it as it would sit really nicely without.

I knew I would have to wait till next season before I was able to get it so I took a pic and kept it in mind.

I had wondered back to the stall a few hours later and Sophie told me that at 4pm they would be selling everything on the stand. I asked if that included the new season items and she said yes, since they are what the models wore on shoots they were all a size 22 and they would sell them all with 20% off. I don't think I need to tell you I was over the moon.

I raced back at 4pm and got my hands on the skirt, I had fallen so much in love with. It is so soft and such a good material. It has pleats running around it and it really does sit so nicely.

I took it out for a test drive yesterday, I paired it with a black top I tucked into the skirt and a cardi, with black flats, but with the colours on the skirt you can also pair it with a pink of white top or cardi.

I doesn't feel heavy when you wear it. It flows really nicely and I am honestly so glad I got it, I know we are going into autumn now but I will be wearing this a lot more, another amazing addition to this skirt is POCKETS yes ladies that amazing 7 letter word all women love to hear about in dresses and skirts and trust me when I took it out I used full advantage of those bad boys. In the pictures your about to see I wanted to twirl but sadly being on a rock and twirling would not have ended well with a huge lake behind me.

There are many more things LindyBop are going to be bringing out this season including a cute Stag jumper, unicorn bags and a very cute dress that looks like it has a scene from 'Heidi'. I can see my wardrobe growing in the next few months.






The skirt will retailing for £25 and will be on the website at the end of September. Grab it before it goes.

Love you loads
Lottie
Xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Essentially Sleek Review

Who doesn't love a good bargain? I know I do. When that bargain is on make up it makes me even happier. So when I saw boots were giving away a gift when you spend over £12 on Sleek make up I was all over it.

I bought the Cleopatra's Kiss Highlighting Palette which I have wanted since I saw Rachel from Rachel Leary use it in one of her videos and it gave her such an amazing glow. I also bought the VIP Lipstick in Dream Decade which is the most amazing pink I love it.

The free gift was the Essentially Sleek collection, which has the VIP lipstick in Show off, Dip It Eyeliner in Black and a mini All Night Long i-Divine Palette.

So confession time, before this purchase I had never used Sleek make up before. So this review will be a totally honest first impression. 

I normally have a very bad time with lipsticks, I am a lip licker, I am always licking my lips so I can never find a lipstick that stays on. Sadly the VIP lipstick is no different, I found the colour lasted about 2ish hours without reapplying, but considering I also ate in that time and I didn't bring it out with me to reapply. I think it is very good.



What I love about the lipstick though is that it is very vibrant colour, both the pink and the brown is gorgeous and so pigmented. It is also very creamy which allows it to go on so easily.

The eye shadow palette it MY LOVE!!!! The colours are so nice over all my utter favourite is Manhattan which is the coppery colour (the last colour in the palette). I love copper colours mainly because I love autumn, and since we are just going into that season I can see myself wearing it a lot more.



The palette is small so you will need a smaller brush to use it but I am totally fine with that, but for something so small the colours really do pack a punch with pigment.

Lastly the Eyeliner, honestly I don't like it. At first I thought it is because I am used to using a felt liner, but after wearing it to work I found that the feel is so weird, its like you can feel it dry on your lid, then you can just feel it there all day. On the plus side though it didn't move unlike my felt liner, which during the day will smudge and go under my eye even though I don't touch it. I just don't know if that is enough to try and deal with that feeling. The colour is so nice and it is dark black and so bold, so maybe if you don't get that feeling with this type of liner then this is going to be brill for you. I just need to work on that feeling.



Using the full collection this is the look I  came up with. I am in love with the eye look, this is the Manhattan I said I liked so much. With the lip colour I was worried it would be too dark for me as I am normally used to bright colours, but this is so nice and looks super cute.



Overall I would say this is defiantly a good introduction to Sleek, it shows me that they have good pigmented products and that the lipsticks are gorgeous so I will be buying more of them, I just need to see if they have a felt liner.

What do you all think? What are your favourite Sleek products?

See you soon
Love Lottie
Xxx


Friday, 25 August 2017

What Makes Us Beautiful


      ''Beauty is in the eye of the beholder''


Now I am no genius but to me this saying basically means that beauty is what your eye sees. So why is it then whenever I open a magazine, log onto my Instagram or turn on the tv all I see is '' Who wore it better'', ''Who gained weight'', ''Who's too thin'', ''Who lost weight'', ''What celebs look like without make up'' and trolls ripping into women and men for how they look.

Well I am hear to say BLOODY STOP!!!! What does it matter to them what we look like? The last time I looked the world was not a cookie cutting factory, making every single person into one persons image of what they consider to be beautiful (before I continue am I the only person who hears Bruce Almighty B E A UTIFUL in their head when they type out beautiful?? No just me then, anyway back to it).

My philosophy is that everyone is beautiful (Bruce Almighty haha, sorry I'll stop now). No matter what you are beautiful, you make the world a better place, you matter.

No matter what any troll or magazine or anyone says, you do not have to change yourself for anyone, unless you want to change. Never listen to anyone who tells you, you need to change, because unless YOU want to why should you.

If you are not happy with how you are then yes I agree with you, you change, but do it for you and no one else. It is exactly the same as if you are fat, yes I said it FAT!!!! Come on people it isn't a bad word it is a descriptive word just like any other. If you are happy then you strut your stuff down that street, you do you!!!

I am all for make up and yes I wear it everyday, I do not see the harm in it, I like it and it makes me feel good about myself, so why would I stop using it because someone tells me, its misleading, or its like hiding who I am, erm stop no it is not hiding anything it is enhancing my already beautiful face.

Why tell people what you can and cant wear, I'm so sorry if my bare leg is offending you,
DON'T LOOK. No one is forcing you to look at me, so don't, turn away and look in another direction, because I am here to stay and I don't care if I am not ''meant'' to wear short skirts or horizontal strips I will wear what I want to. I ''should'' wear black because it makes you look thinner, yes it may make me look it but maybe I wear it because of that I like the colour. So again I will wear what I want and look how I want because I am beautiful.

All you gorgeous plus size people out there this is not just for you. There are amazing men and women out there who love going to the gym and making themselves feel better by working out, and look as good as they want to. There is nothing wrong with it, and it makes u beautiful. DO NOT let anyone say you are ''working out too much'' or ''your too big'' if you get your groove on by going to the gym and pumping some iron (I am so not cool for saying that lol) then do it hunny, you do what ever makes you feel happy because happiness is beautiful.

To all those trolls out there, maybe you need to take a closer look at yourselves and find out what makes you beautiful, maybe that will stop you from trying to drag down other.

To me beauty is much more then skin deep, it is who you are, it is what makes you you.

The following people are the people who make me smile, make me happy, they lift me up when I feel down and inspire me to be a better person, they represent all that I see as beautiful in the world, they are strong, smart, savvy, sexy and unique individuals. If I could have a picture of everyone on earth I would because you are all beautiful. So just remember, you do you!


Kat

Debz

Amy

Linzi


Leah

Kelly

Mell and her gorgeous Daughter Isabelle


Molly


Laura

Leah

Nikki

Shannon


Keeley

Steph

Lucy and Adam


Aaron and Sarah



How about all you gorgeous people reading this, share your selfie in the comments and show the world how beautiful you all are.

I love you all you beautiful people!!!!
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Favourite Make up

I love make up, I always have and I always will. I love how I feel when I have it on, the colours and putting it on as well. So picking some of my favourite items was a little hard, I thought since I wear make up everyday for work that instead of going through all the palette's I wear when I'm not at work, I would pick from my day to day make up that I use.


First is a lovely bargain from everyones favourite place Primark, this sweet little palette is there Nudes Collection it is meant to be the dupe of the Urban Decay Naked palette, although I don't know for myself as I don't own it. I love the colours in this, they are so good for everyday and you do get some good pigmentation from them.





The first colour which is the white, is so good for an inner corner highlight, it looks matte in the picture but it isn't. As you can tell my favourite colour is the 'Café Crème' (from the indentation haha) it is so nice I love it. One a daily basis I will use the brown tones because I love that look, it is so nice.






The only downside to this palette is that there isn't a mirror, so I have to go between palette's when I use this, but for £4 the colours are lovely and the packaging is really good too.


Next is my contour, which is the Rimmel London Sculting Palette By Kate, I got this from boots for £6.99 a while ago and ever since I bought it I have loved it. I got introduced to it by Alix from I Covet Thee on YouTube, on her video 'How to do you make up in 5 Minutes'.

It is so simple to use and like in Alix's video, it's super quick. They do two colours so because I am about as pale as Casper the friendly ghost I use the lighter of the two which is 002. I also love the blusher in this, it is a really nice coral colour which matches a lipstick I wear to work a lot so it ties in the look really well.




Again from the pictures you can tell the palette is very well worn. The only problem I find which I think might just be me, is the highlight isn't very pigmented so I do use it but I also put another highlighter underneath, just to get the look I want.




The last favourite item I have at the moment is only about a week old for me, I have never bought anything from Sleek before but the Boots where I live has a very nice selection, so I got the Highlighting Palette in shade Cleopatra's Kiss.





The colours are gorgeous, there are golds and pinks and they are so so cute. You get two cream shades and two powder shades, I have never used cream highlighters before and to be honest they did scare me a little bit but I love them, they are so much easier to use. I find I get a nice pigmentation if I use my fingers to apply it. On a day to day basis I will use a cream on the bottom and put the Rimmel highlighter from the Sculpting Palette on top and it shows up really nicely.





The palette does come with a little brush but I don't like it, it seems really hard and stiff. I don't tend to use brushes that come with make up anyway, like with eye shadow palettes, I never use them I much prefer my own brushes.  

So there you have it those are my favourite make up items at the moment. What are your favs? Do you agree with mine?

Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Organise Me.....Please

Organisation ......... Organisation.

When I hear that word I get a huge smile on my face, my heart beats faster and my mind flips through all of the stationary I want to buy to get myself organised. I then rush out, spend a fortune on books, planners, pens and everything else I think I need and then ......... nothing. I loose my groove and forget to write things down, I then kick myself for spending so much money and end up not planning anything.

So why do I need to change? Well for One I am 29 years old and I need to think about my life as a grown women and not a stationary loving student (although I will ALWAYS love stationary, yes August is my favourite time of year, I still feel like I need new pens and books when ever I see them on sale, like Meg Ryan in 'You've Got Mail' I feel like having a bouquet of new pens).

Two I am getting married next year and I have so much to plan, my wedding is only small so it doesn't need a planner of its own but I still need somewhere I can write everything down since I am doing a LOT of DIY, I want somewhere I can have it all and not have one planner for each thing.

Three I want somewhere I can put mine and Pauls rotas, so I know when we are together and when we aren't, and last but not least blogging. I love writing my blog and when I don't write I feel like I don't have an outlet for all my stress. Having depression and anxiety I know I need an outlet to calm me down, otherwise I will have everything cooped up in my head and it will stress me out even more, and that is how I end up having bad days.

So what am I going to do, first not spend money I bought a Pukka Pad a while ago so I will be using that. I have pens so I will use those and I also have a few roles of Washie tape too, so even though I am not good at drawing, my planner can still have some flash to it.

I am going to plan out what I want, going through day week and month, what do I need a section for? A colour for? Then once I have it planned out I will plot it all in. I know the main sections will be, Work, Wedding, Blog and Personal. The personal things will have days when me and Paul are both off together, or any appointments or anything we have with Coco like vets appointments.

I am going to religiously follow this, by keeping it in my handbag ALL the time, so I will get use to it being there. I hear it takes 30 days for you to get into a habit so I will plan it out before September and start it then, and keep you updated in October how I am getting on.

I really want this to work, but if it doesn't has anyone else got any ideas ? How do you get organised? Do you find anything that helps? Give me some tips

See you all soon
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx








Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My Daily Make Up

Hi Lovelies


I am a make up addict .... phew that came out very easy. Thankfully due to my new job where I wear make up everyday I get to buy even more and enjoy it so much more then I did before.


So I thought I would show you all what I do for my daily make up routine. This is for everyday wear so I don't tend to go OTT or anything, its just a very basic make up look for work, but if you would like me to do a post based on what I wear on days off, just comment below and I will do.


I have been trying out this look for a while now so I am able to do it in about 10ish minutes so if I am running late I know I can still pop this on and go. That being said I would like to add that in no way shape or form am I a make up artist, I do not do make up for other people I do it for me because I love it, I am not saying the way I do it is right, I just want to show you what works for me, so this is what I do.


After I have done my skin care routine in the morning I put on my primer which is the Collection Primed and Ready Powered by Witch Mattifying Pore Minimiser, I really like this primer as it gives you more of a matte finish. I am not big on shine unless I have put it there myself so the more matte the better I say. Plus I find around my nose I do have large open pores, I did use the Benefit Porefessional, but being on a budget at the moment I find the Collection one just as good.






I will leave that for a little bit while I set up my make up. I have a shelf in my bathroom where I keep my everyday make up, I find it easy to have it there instead of inside my make up case so it is easier to get out. Then I go ahead and use my foundation.


I go through so many different foundations and I have about 5 in my make up case that I use every now and then but at the moment I am using the L'Oréal Infallible Foundation, it has a pump instead of being in a squeezy tube, I much prefer the pump to the squeezy. I find it a lot easy to control the product by not getting too much out. I dot it or put lines across my face and then use a foundation brush and blend it in using a circular motion. Most people will say to use a beauty blender and I have tried it, I do sometimes use one to put concealer on but I just cant get use to using one to put on foundation.


 




I like using this foundation because it matches my skin, I am quite pale and find it hard to match sometimes, the only down side I find is that since I wear glasses, by the end of the day it has come off across the bridge of my nose, I use a fixing spray but it doesn't really help, I love wearing glasses but I hate that down side.


After my foundation I go in with a little bit of concealer. I used to have to put quite a lot on but since using my new skin care I havent needed to cover up break outs which is good. I do however have to try and cover up these lovely shopping bags under my eyes, for that I use the Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer. Apart from my holy grail concealer (Collection Lasting Perfection) this is the best concealer I have, it doesn't move or smudge or cake under my eye not to mention the fact that it covers up all the darkness.


 
 


With my base done I use my fixing spray, which I have only recently began to use. I used to use my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to keep my foundation on place but I do like my fixing spray. I use the Makeup Revolution Illuminating Fixing Spray, it adds to your skin by giving you a glow. I'm not a tan fan but I do love to glow. So this (and a good highlighter) give me what I need. I did take pictures of me spraying this but I look so weird because I  do this scrunched up face so lets not share those haha.


Once my fixing spray has set in I go in with my contour. BIG NOTE there are two things that I think I always do wrong, even though I do them every day, and contouring is one of them. No matter how many youtube tutorials I watch (basically every single one) I just cant get the hang of it so lets just admit I do it wrong, but its on my face and I like how it eventually looks so as long as your happy with how you look just go with it.





I contour using the W7 Hollywood Bronze and Glow Palette, I picked it up in a random make up shop and thought it was a nice colour to use for my skin since it isn't too dark. It comes with the contour and a highlighter. I used a large fluffy angled brush and suck in my cheeks, and go to town blending it in.  

Then I move onto brows BIG NOTE this is my number two of things I can't do but do anyway, my brows, they have been a bit of a problem for me for a while. I am to much of a chicken to get them waxed or plucked so I tweeze them every once in a while and hope for the best haha. So when it comes to make up all I do is fill in the gaps, I don't do an outline or anything, because to be honest I have no idea what I am doing. When I do fill the gaps I use Younique Addiction Palette 2 and use the colour Cocky, its a nice darkish brown and I like how it looks on my brows. It is originally an eye shadow but using it for your brows just shows how diverse a product it is, I have used another colour from that palette as a highlight too and as a cheeky bonus if you order from my friend Nic for your first order you will get free shipping. So click the link in her name and message her.




Next is cheeks and for blush I use the Kiko Limited Edition Less is Better Cream Blush, it is from Kiko's 20th Anniversary and it is such a beautiful colour, I love it. I have never used a cream blush before, but it is easy to use, I just swirl my finger in the jar and then pat it onto my cheeks.

Finally I go on to eyes. On a daily basis I wont tend to do eye shadow, I choose to go for a wing liner and big lashes, for eyeliner I use the Collection Felt Tip Eyeliner, I love the brush because I can use it like a pen which I find easier. I wing it out first then join a line to my eye lid and then fill in the gaps, I only do a little wing but I love how it looks once I have my glasses on.

               (Forgot to take a picture of blusher on its own so this is eyeliner and blusher together)

For mascara I use the Kiko Volume Attraction it really pushes my lashes up and curls them, without me having to use an eye lash curler, I will sometimes also add a Kiko top coat which really makes my eyelashes long but I didn't use it today.


 

Last but not least just before I leave the house I will do my lips, some days I will put on a bright pink lip but it depends on how I feel, today I just wanted a bit of a clean fresh faced look so I used the Younique Lip Bon Bon, it keeps my lips looking nice because it feels so moisturising but also gives you a colour and smells lovely. 




So that is what I look like when I go to work, I do love make up so much and like I said at the beginning I am so much happier now I get the chance to wear it everyday, so I really can see what I like and give it a proper test drive.

What look do you go for on a day to day basis? Do you change it up? Or do you have a set look? Let me know in the comments.

See you soon
Love you Lots
Lottie
Xxx     
 









Sunday, 2 April 2017

My New Skin Care Routine

Hello Lovelies

Welcome back :)

So I have been a bit of an on and off blogger for so long but I want to really start to using this blog as what it was originally meant to be for, a diary, writing about the good the bad the ugly and everything in-between. I am going to try and post regularly and be totally honest with everyone about feelings and thoughts and what is going on in my life.


I honestly don't know where this is going to take me, I have a plan for posts but things may change depending on how I feel and what I want to write about, but for today I want to start of with a little skin care routine.

I am about to enter my last year of being in my 20s and I have never really looked after my skin properly. I will be honest I have been so lucky with my skin, I (like anyone) had bad breakouts when I was a teenager, but since then my skins been quite nice. It is blotchy and red and I do get spots but never any big breakout. So since I am soon to be 29 years old I thought I better start looking after it.

So on my lunch break one day I was in Boots getting some lunch and I saw an offer on the Boots Essential range 3 for £3. Now I know some people will think "what the hell!!!! £3 must be crap" but when your on a budget you look for those bargains. The offer is still on as I am writing this so if you want to try it yourself you can still get that price.

I ended up buying, the face wash, toner, moisturiser, face scrub, eye cream and face mask. All of them are cucmber based, which is meant to be good for the skin, not to mention the fact that it smells lovely. They also do a fragrance free range which is in a blue bottle.

My daily routine is to use the face wash, toner and moisturiser in the morning and then go on to use my primer and then do my make up.








(As you can see I have been using them a lot.)


At night time I use my Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Milk to remove my make up, I just put two pumps into my hand and rub it into my face in a circler motion and it gets my make up off so well.

I then use my face wash, toner and moisturiser again. I will then add the eye cream under my eye, I put a tiny dot of it onto my little finger and pat the cream around and under my eye.





Two times a week I will use the face mask and the scrub. The mask only takes 3 minuties so it is so easy if your in a rush or only have a little time to make ur skin feel better. I just squeeze it onto my fingers rub onto my face. After 3 minuties I wash it off and find that it has left my skin feeling so smooth even after only a few minutes. I then go ahead and use my face scrub to get into my pore properly and get any last bit of dirt out. I tend to use the scrub in the bath so my pores open with the steam, then I use my routine as normal.






So that is it, that is what I am doing with my skin right now, I will keep you updated as to how it is going and how my skin turns out, so watch this space :) 

See you soon 
Love you lots 
Lottie 
Xxx